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Brian Smith

Co-founder and CEO, Rhiza Capital

Brian is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and creative organizer for sustainable business and economic development. He has led and helped deploy private equity placements and institutional investments that have brought impressive returns and demonstrable impact. Having founded and led successful non-profits, for-profits, and co-ops, Brian is uniquely skillful in a variety of models.

Brian holds a BA in economics (Simon Fraser University), an MA in planning (University of British Columbia), and a professional certificate (UBC Sauder School of Business). Brian and his social ventures have received a number of awards including: Top 100 Impact Companies in North America (2019), Canadian Social Enterprise of the Year (2017), and the Widening our World Award (2016).